Spending more time with family and friends is the top things people would do if they could work more flexibly or from home, according to a survey for Executive Shift.
Younger workers were more likely to cite this and those aged 50+ were less likely to cite it, although it was still cited by 48% of this group. Other reasons were reducing the stress of their current work pattern, which was particularly popular with staff over 50 and spending time travelling to work.
The Populus survey of over 2,000 adults found spending less time travelling for work was important to those both under and over 50, but was much more important for men aged 50+ than women of the same age (42% vs 25%).
Those on lower social grades were more likely to place importance on spending time on hobbies (41% of those in social grades DE vs 29% of those in AB) and this was more important to DEs than reducing the stress of their current working pattern.
Those aged 50+ were more likely to agree that they are already working flexibly enough (22% of those 50+ vs 15% of all respondents), with this particularly true of women aged over 50, 25% of whom said they worked flexibly enough.